An orphan from the lost planet Krypton, the Superman we know enjoyed a peaceful upbringing in rural America, raised in a good home by caring parents. Driven by his love for his adopted parents and bound by a noble moral code, Kal-El serves as Earth's greatest champion and protector - Superman. But imagine a universe where the Kryptonian rocket containing the infant Kal-El had crashed on a less halycon world, one at the very heart of darkness - hellish Apokalips. There, the Last Son of Krypton is reared without kindness, under the cruel guantlet of the demon known as Darkseid, and stands poised to conquer Earth in the dark lord's name.
SUPERMAN: THE DARK SIDE examines the sinister ramifications of Superman's escape pod landing on the war-torn planet of Apokolips instead of in the Midwestern cornfields of Earth. In this warped tale, Superman is raised by the tyrannical Darkseid and becomes a savage force of destruction. Devoid of conscience or virtue, the Man of Steel uses his powers to destroy his adopted father's adversaries, the heroes of New Genesis. But when the war against his sworn enemies is over, Superman turns his destructive attention towards Earth and a group of men and women who could have been his friends in another life.